Summer is here & that means more fun in the sun for most of us! I get a lot of sunscreen questions this time of year, so I thought I would put together a post about our sunscreens, along with some helpful usage & storage tips.
First off, lets go over the three sunscreen brands at www.goodthingsgreenthings.com. We carry:
Purple Prairie Botanicals – A great all around brand & the most budget friendly sunscreen that we carry. Purple Prairie offers their Sun Stuff Mineral Sun Protection Lotion, that is equivalent to an SPF 30. This lotion does offer some water resistance & should be reapplied when water is no longer beading off the skin. A lot of people ask me why the Sun Stuff lotion bottle doesn’t carry the SPF 30 on the label. The reason for that is, that in order to claim an SPF value, the sunscreen must be made in an FDA approved facility. Purple Prairie is currently working to meet those standards.
Purple Prairie also makes the super easy to apply Sun Stick & their Sun Stuff Lip Balm. Both of these products are water resistant. The Sun Stick is a great choice for babies since it is so easy to apply & has has a very limited ingredient list of only 7 ingredients. The Sun Stuff lip balm is great for those who spend most of the day in the sun & those who are prone to cold sores brought on by excessive sun exposure.
Goddess Garden – I love the lightweight, non-greasy texture of the Goddess Garden sunscreens. We carry the 8 oz SPF 30 Family Size Spray – this is a pump spray, not one of the harmful aerosols that the Environmental Working Groups warns against. There are no inhalation concerns with this sunscreen, unless of course you’re shooting it straight up your nose. Please do not shoot this straight up your nose. 😉 Now that we’ve got that covered, I love how easy to use this sunscreen is. The sunscreen goes right where you want it to & rubs in easily. My kids think it’s pretty cool when I blast them with sunscreen. Another precaution: please do not spray your children or yourself in the face. It’s best to spray the sunscreen on your hands & apply it to the face.
Goddess Garden also makes an SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen with only 9 ingredients. Just like the spray, this is a lightweight sunscreen, rubs in well & is safe for babies of all ages. Goddess Garden sunscreens have some water resistance, but I would definitely reapply every 60 minutes, instead of every 90 minutes like the label suggests. For those of you that are looking for a lower SPF, you might like the SPF 15 Sun Body Lotion. It comes in three light aromas: Grapefruit Bergamot, Lavender Mint & Tangerine Lavender. This body lotion provides moderate sun protection & is very lightweight & non-greasy. It is great for your face & can even be worn under makeup. It would be perfect for every day face protection.
Raw Elements – Attention swimmers & athletes! This is the sunscreen for you! Raw Elements was created by an ocean lifeguard & is full of healthy, nourishing ingredients. Raw Elements makes an SPF 30 sunscreen lotion & an SPF 30 sunscreen stick. Both of them are seriously sweat proof & water resistant. The sunscreen stick can even be applies underwater! These are thicker sunscreens, but that is what gives them there extra stick. If I was going to be in the water all day, this is the sunscreen I would choose.
Hurraw! – I just have to mention this lovely little SPF 15 lip balm from Hurraw! Balms. It is so smooth, taste like a creamsicle & offers great daily protection from the sun.
All of these sunscreens are:
Usage Tips & Storage
I’m a firm believer that all sunscreens should be replaced every year. Products break down over time, especially in heat(more on that in a minute) & you don’t want to be using old sunscreen on you or your kids. You need to have something that is going to keep you protected. Purple Prairie Sunscreens expire 12 months after the open date. Goddess Garden & Raw Elements Sunscreen have an expiration date on the bottle – typically 2 years after being made. If the sunscreen smells funny or the consistency is off, throw it out & get yourself a new bottle. The best way to store sunscreen is in a cool, dry location. At home on the shelf or in a drawer is fine. When you’re at the beach or out on the water, keep you sunscreen cool & shaded. A great place to tuck it away is in your cooler or a beach bag. Don’t forget to bring it in the house when you get home. The heat will break down all those wonderful protecting ingredients & you’ll have to replace your bottle. I left my sunscreen in the hot car for a week & it was completely ruined.
I hope I’ve answered some of your questions, if you have any others, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can check out our Sunscreen FAQ page.
Enjoy the sunshine & be safe out there!